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Browns burn Steelers on two deep passes in first half

DeShone Kizer connected on 50-plus-yard passes on consecutive drives in the first half.

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Much like the rest of his rookie season, DeShone Kizer’s Week 17 performance has been pretty uneven. After leading the Cleveland Browns to minus-18 yards on their first three series, Kizer connected on two 50-plus-yard passes on consecutive drives to keep the Browns alive in their quest to avoid an embarrassing zero win season.

Here’s Kizer connecting on a 54-yarder to Josh Gordon, originally called a touchdown but easily overturned, which set up a Duke Johnson touchdown run two plays later.

The 54-yard pass to Gordon was Kizer’s longest completion of the season, prior to this 56-yard catch-and-run touchdown by Rashard Higgins on the following drive.

As good as those two completions ended up being, here’s a glimpse of the other side of Kizer, who completely ignored a wide open Gordon and threw into the ground, well short of the to-gain marker on 3rd-and-long.

Kizer’s a young and intriguing prospect, and we still don’t know much more about his long-term potential than we did coming into 2017. It’ll be interesting to see whether new general manager John Dorsey chooses to move on, or if he keeps him around to see his development play out.